Call for Papers for FORTELL, Issue 37 (July 2018)
Special Issue on
Continuing Professional Development for Tertiary Level Teachers
Tertiary education in India today is faced with many challenges which include empowerment, equality and employability, as well as the inculcation of key competencies in the graduating students to equip them to become productive members of society. In this context it is apposite to introspect about the role and responsibilities of the teachers who are the prime facilitators in this process. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an opportunity to facilitate this skill building for teachers who require constant enrichment and upgradation of their skills and knowledge base in order to successfully negotiate the challenges they are faced with.
In the Indian context, CPD is a neglected area in which research has been sparse and sporadic. Unlike other professions such as medicine, architecture and engineering, CPD is considered a peripheral concern since a majority of tertiary level teachers participate in professional development programmes only if it is mandatory. These programmes, however well intentioned, rarely address the core issues of higher education, much less the actual teaching learning interaction in the college classrooms. On the other hand, for the few motivated teachers who wish to upgrade their professional expertise, the opportunities to do so are few and far between. In fact, entering the teaching profession in the tertiary education sector does not require the prospective teacher to have any formal teacher training, only a research degree in the concerned subject.
In order to equip teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century classroom, CPD is of utmost significance. The dimensions of CPD include self-reflection, action-research, forming teaching groups, having discussions, pursuing additional courses, finding out how teaching-learning happens in other contexts, etc., besides attending, participating in and organizing seminars/ conferences along with publishing articles. While individual motivation is a key driver here, institutional support is of equal importance in creating an environment in which teachers are provided opportunities and incentives to enhance their skills.
Teachers, trainers, academics and research scholars interested in or working in the area of CPD are invited to share their research insights on varied aspects of CPD in the forthcoming issue of the journal. As always, articles of general interest to teachers of English language and literature are also welcome.
FORTELL, a UGC Approved, peer-reviewed journal of the Forum for Teachers of English Language and Literature, is published bi-annually in January and July by FORTELL, New Delhi. Copyright for the individual contribution rests with the author. However, FORTELL Journal should be acknowledged as the original source of publication in a subsequent publication. FORTELL retains the right to republish any of the contributions in its future publications or to make it available in electronic form for the benefit of its members.
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION
Soft copies of articles/research papers (3000-4000 words), reports (500-700 words), book reviews, (800-1000 words), language games/activities (400-500 words) should be sent along with a brief bio note of about 25-30 words to the Co-ordinating Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Each article should include an abstract of 100-150 words, and 5-6 keywords.
The contributors should clearly indicate their name, email address, mobile number, and complete mailing address with pin code. Contributions should conform to the sixth edition of the APA style sheet in format, citations and bibliography. Contributors should also give a declaration that the paper is original and does not violate the copyright law and it has not been published in any form elsewhere before. Please look up the website http://www.fortell.org/ regarding guidelines for submission of the manuscript.
Guest Editors: Anjana Neira Dev & Ruchi Kaushik
Anjana Neira Dev is Associate Professor at Department of English, Gargi College, University of Delhi
Ruchi Kaushik is Associate Professor at Department of English, Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi
Last date for submission: 28 February, 2018
(Hard copies will be made available only to the Annual Subscribers to FORTELL).